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Need motherboard advice for i7 920

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August 19, 2009 5:41:29 AM

I'd like to use crossfire and overclock the i7 920 to 4ghz.

Parts I've already ordered/got:

Memory:
Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1600C7 6GB DDR3 ram kit.

Video card:
Sapphire Vapor-X 4890 1GB

PSU:
PC Power & Cooling 750 Silencer Crossfire Edition

HD:
1TB Caviar Black

In the future I"ll probaly get another 4890 and crossfire it, or crossfire a 5000 series radeon if the price is affordable.

I'm looking to spend probably around 200-250 for an x58 motherboard. Maybe less if possible. Would like to find a bargain that overclocks well and won't die on me. Hehe.

I've considered Asrock X58 Deluxe, ASUS P6T, EVGA SLI, MSI Platinum SLI, etc. Any recommendations and/or tips for price bargains would be helpful!

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August 19, 2009 6:22:23 AM

Hitting 4GHz would depend more on the cooling that you use...

And as for the mobos in your budget range ->
EVGA, ASUS, Gigabyte boards are preferred over the other boards...

1. EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. ASUS P6T


If you are not worried about the form factor, then certainly these options have to be taken into account...

3. ASUS Rampage Gene - It is even better than the P6T...And it is a ROG series mobo so has very good o/c option + a premium onboard sound...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Review->http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/rampage-gene-lanpar...

4. Another good mATX board( But I would suggest the Gene over this one though)->
EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for other options, if you want cheaper, then the ASRock X58 Extreme is a better value than the Deluxe...And has performed very well in the reviews...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 19, 2009 4:44:34 PM

The Asus P6T Deluxe v2 only allows 2x8X Pcie slots (I have one and am a bit disappointed with it). You might want to look for a board that has 2x16X Pcie slots
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August 19, 2009 5:01:20 PM

ahnilated said:
The Asus P6T Deluxe v2 only allows 2x8X Pcie slots (I have one and am a bit disappointed with it). You might want to look for a board that has 2x16X Pcie slots


unless running the X2 cards (aka 4870X2 or GTX295) the difference between x8 and x16 is negligible so it would be fine
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August 19, 2009 8:52:53 PM

if you just get the Asus P6T, without all the deluxe crap it has 3 slots
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August 19, 2009 10:09:38 PM

EVGA x58 A-1 SLI Motherboard
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August 20, 2009 3:20:37 PM

vjcsmoke said:
I'd like to use crossfire and overclock the i7 920 to 4ghz.

Parts I've already ordered/got:

Memory:
Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1600C7 6GB DDR3 ram kit.

Video card:
Sapphire Vapor-X 4890 1GB

PSU:
PC Power & Cooling 750 Silencer Crossfire Edition

HD:
1TB Caviar Black

In the future I"ll probaly get another 4890 and crossfire it, or crossfire a 5000 series radeon if the price is affordable.

I'm looking to spend probably around 200-250 for an x58 motherboard. Maybe less if possible. Would like to find a bargain that overclocks well and won't die on me. Hehe.

I've considered Asrock X58 Deluxe, ASUS P6T, EVGA SLI, MSI Platinum SLI, etc. Any recommendations and/or tips for price bargains would be helpful!


Good parts so far.

Your ability to get a high overclock is mostly determined by the cpu cooler. Look for a top cooler from this review:
http://www.frozencpu.com/resource/r24/Best_CPU_Cooler_P...

Any X58 motherboard will have at least 2 pci-e slots which will let you crossfire two 4890 cards. Don't worry about x16 vs x8 because the slot speed does not come into play until you use dual gpu cards like the GTX295. Even then, it makes a minor(like 2%) difference.

Do not pay a premium for the high end enthusiast motherboards. They are of interest to hobbyists looking for record overclocks using liquid and more exotic cooling. Your goal of 4.0 ghz is reasonable, but realize that it only takes about 3.2 to drive your video cards. Any X58 motherboard will do that and more. Download and read the manual for any motherboard you might consider. Buy one you feel comfortable with.
ASUS, GIGABYTE, avd EVGA seem to have the best following.

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